Insight and latest updates from our team

Featured member - Specialisterne NI, an Autism at Work Consultancy

By NICVA 15 Dec 2016 Shauna O'Neill

Specialisterne NI is a not for private profit community interest company that opened in 2014 as the local expression of the Specialisterne Foundation. 

Research Bank

By NICVA 13 Dec 2016 Rachel Shannon

A library of research publications and resources about the Voluntary and Community sector. This page will be updated with new research on a regular basis. Please contact Rachel Shannon if you would like a research publication added to the bank.

Celebration of the finest achievement

By NICVA 12 Dec 2016 Roisin Kelly

NICVA was delighted to host its 12th presentation of certificates ceremony on 1 December. 40 ILM and TQUK graduates gathered to share their learning and received their well-earned certificates. 

Independent examination - the alternative to an audit

By NICVA 12 Dec 2016 Denise Copeland

Chris Smith, Trustee of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) and a practicing independent examiner explains what an independent examination is and when charities may avail of this option. 

Christmas Food Drive – Donations needed

By NICVA 12 Dec 2016 Shauna O'Neill

NICVA are participating as a collection point for the North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis. 

Queen's Graduates Play Key Role in NICVA's Research Team

By NICVA 9 Dec 2016 Rachel Shannon

NICVA recently participated in an Internship Programme with Queen's University and Santander, and through the scheme employed two Research Interns to support the Research Team. This article sheds light on their contribution to the NICVA team. 

Cathy Breslin (1960 - 2016)

By NICVA 8 Dec 2016 Una McKernan

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of our colleague Cathy Breslin who lost her hard fought battle with cancer on 07 Dec 2016

Support for social innovation

By NICVA 6 Dec 2016 Sandra Bailie

NICVA has been working with Social Innovation NI to deliver 8 workshops throughout Northern Ireland  to introduce people to social innovation and the support that is available through The Social Innovation NI Programme.

Stormont threat to lifeline for rural communities

By NICVA 2 Dec 2016 Andrea Thornbury

A SCHEME that has provided more than 216,000 journeys in the past year to help people living in isolated rural areas, including the elderly and those with disabilities, is under threat due to Stormont cuts and policy change.

First update on progress of the NI Fundraising Regulation consultation

By NICVA 29 Nov 2016 Lynn Kennedy

Progress on the set up of the NI Fundraising Regulation Working Group and decision on how fundraising will be voluntarily regulated in NI pending the result of a full sector consultation.

Community Planning Update

By NICVA 28 Nov 2016 Jenny McEneaney

This is a report on each of the eleven council's approach to community planning and an update on the development of their community plan.   

Carers Rights Day - 25th November

By NICVA 25 Nov 2016 Jenny McEneaney

There are over 220,000 carers across Northern Ireland and we estimate there are thousands more out there providing care to ill, disabled or elderly loved ones who do not yet recognise themselves as being carers

NICVA Launches NI Faith Survey

By NICVA 11 Nov 2016 Rachel Shannon

NICVA has launched a short online survey for all faith based organisations in Northern Ireland. If you are a faith based organisation we would love to hear from you. 

Charity Trustee Conference on Understanding Charity Finance

By NICVA 10 Nov 2016 Denise Copeland

Tuesday’s charity trustee conference on understanding charity finance attracted a good number of board members and employees from a wide range of charitable organisations, both large and small.

NICVA Viewfinder Reveals Sector's Brexit Concerns

By NICVA 10 Nov 2016 Rachel Shannon

NICVA recently disseminated a Viewfinder Survey to members which aimed to explore how Brexit might impact the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. This article shares key findings from the survey. 

Alliance Contracting - Building New Collaborations

By 8 Nov 2016 Leeann Kelly

Alliance Contracting, is this the answer to radically change how public services are delivered through a partnership between Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector and the Public Sector?

Avoid the Pitfalls of Partnership Working – and Write it down!

By NICVA 7 Nov 2016 Andrew Talbot

One of the key foundation stones for success in collaborative working is a fully negotiated and carefully drafted written agreement- and we can help.

Waking up to Waste: How Northern Ireland's waste problem could leave a toxic legacy

By NICVA 7 Nov 2016 Bob Harper

Northern Ireland is producing more than two million tonnes of waste each year, with campaigners claiming that inadequate government policies could create a toxic legacy for future generations.

Trustees’ Week 2016 (7 – 13 November)

By NICVA 3 Nov 2016 Denise Copeland

Trustees’ Week 2016 celebrates the UK’s 1 million trustees and promotes the benefits of volunteering to be a trustee. This year Trustees’ Week focuses on good governance and the skills needed to make trustees effective leaders. 

Recognising the vital role trustees play

By NICVA 31 Oct 2016 Sandra Bailie

Trustees’ week, beginning 7 November, is a great opportunity to recognise the vital work that the thousands of trustees in Northern Ireland do to lead and serve their organisations. 

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